San Miguel’s sun-drenched streets and bevy of restaurants and bars demand a good selection of boutique hotels. Intimate hideaways where staying in for the afternoon or evening is just as satisfying as going out. For romance, for relaxation, for intensely personalized service, here are five boutique hotels that should be on your list.
High up on San Francisco street in cobblestoned San Miguel sits El Palomar hotel, the renovated suites which were once just a rundown apartment building in San Miguel’s Centro Historico. Nowadays you will ohh and ahh over each room’s tiny details like bikes that serve as the base for bathroom sinks, wooden-shuttered windows, and cozy sitting spaces – details that make you feel as though you could easily be staying in a tiny Paris apartment with a stunning view of the city lights below. The hotel offers a sunny breakfast patio, a rooftop bar with incredible views of San Miguel’s famous parroquia and a tiny pool right for taking a dip under the mid-day Mexican sun. Heading down San Francisco street are art galleries, the toy museum, boutique clothing shops and finally the beautifully-preserved San Francisco church from which the street takes its name.
Formerly an ancient granary and inn with meter-thick stones walls, El Meson fills its colonial shell with unusual interior design choices from ceiling murals to sensual fabrics and exotic patterns. All rooms radiate from a central patio with a decadent stone swimming pool and intimate outdoor lounge. The rooms are the type of cozy you want for a weekend getaway with your lover or a special place to hide out and relax. Meson’s restaurant is a full menu of Mexican cuisine and its wine bar, Tres, has a long and luxurious list of national and international vintages. Right next door is the famous Angela Peralta theater along with the delicious Petit Four chocolate shop, Tio Lucas – a San Miguel dining tradition – and various craft and jewelry shops. You’ll have everything at your fingertips for a great weekend. See our full review here.
Steps from San Miguel’s lovely, leafy Parque Juarez, Posada Corazón is a boutique hotel tradition. In a town that is already pretty romantic, Posada Corazon puts just a touch more love in the air with deep bathtubs, dimly lit corridors and bougainvillea-petal scattered terraces. Posada’s claim to fame with locals is their incredibly delicious weekend brunch – local cheeses, homemade marmalade and granola, egg souffles, fresh-squeezed juices and organic Mexican coffee. This is not a meal you want to miss. Evenings, after a day of San Miguel shopping and sightseeing, a seat in front of the Posada fireplace, book in hand, will work wonders on your soul.
Hotel Dos Casas
This tiny 7-room hotel is one of the most intimate, attentive stays you will find in San Miguel de Allende. Staff are dedicated to making your visit as pleasant as possible and redefine the meaning of Mexican hospitality. The spacious suites are located inside the site of what was once two colonial homes, thus the name, and the classic architecture plus tasteful décor give the place a feeling of home. Dos Casas restaurant and bar are both favorites among guests and locals alike and they are right up the street from the town’s main plaza and some other delicious spots like the Cumpanio bakery and the La Ventana coffeeshop.
San Miguel’s newest boutique hotel is appropriately located above the city’s hip, upscale mini-mall Dôce 18 Concept House, located right in the heart of the historic center of town. The hotel, the epitome of contemporary Mexican with its slick design, white-washed everything and lots of luxury amenities, has a star location for eating and drinking in town — its own restaurant on the first floor as well as the various delicious choices at Dôce 18 and downtown’s best restaurants just steps away. The hotel has lots of great public areas for lounging and a heated pool and outdoor deck to soak up some of those desert rays. For an urban vibe in the countryside, this is your place.